Three Stars of the Series: 7/4-7/8
After a long holiday break, our running post “Three Stars of the Series” returns covering the Lookouts set of games against the Birmingham Barons from this past week. The Lookouts took three of the five games to win their 8th straight series, and, as such, weren’t short of impressive performances. Let’s see who the best of the best were in this weeks Three Stars of the Series.
Third Star: DJ Hicks
The Lookouts big first baseman had a nice series at the plate, going 7-17 (.412). Hicks scored a run and drove in six teammates, playing in all five games. He also hit his sixth homer of the season but just his first against a team not named the Jackson Generals.
Second Star: Stephen Gonsalves
One of the Lookouts four new, young, and highly-touted starters shined in his second AT&T Field start improving to 2-0 in home games by means of a six inning three hitter. While Gonsalves allowed five free passes, he also struck out five running his total to 19 punch outs in 14.2 innings pitched.
First Star: Mitch Garver
After getting honored as the Minnesota Twins minor league player of the week, Garver adds to his accolades with the first star spot from Chattanooga’s last series. Garver went 8-for-13 against the Barons, scoring six times and driving in four in as many contests. Mitch rode the momentum to a .455 batting average through the last seven days while also hitting his eighth home run (the most among Southern League catchers at the time).
Honorable Mentions: It wouldn’t be a three stars of the series post without Zack Granite. Granite hit .500 (9-for-18) scoring four times with three RBI, while fellow oft-mentioned three star candidate Leo Reginatto hit .357 in the set against Birmingham. Aaron Slegers just barely got edged out of the three star spots, throwing a six inning quality start (7 hits, 2 runs allowed) to win his sixth straight. Finally, Zach Jones has shined in his return to the Lookouts after making his way back to the Twins farm system per the Brewers returning his Rule 5 draft selection. Jones has yet to allow a run for the Lookouts in 2016 and threw 3.1 innings in two appearances against the Barons, striking out five.